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Man Outside, the (1952) [Collection]
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Wolfgang Borchert died in 1947—the twenty-six-year-old victim of a malaria-like fever contracted during World War II. This was just one day after the premier of his play, The Man Outside, which caused an immediate furor throughout his native Germany with its youthful, indeed revolutionary, vision against war and the dehumanizing effects of the police state.

In a very real sense, Borchert was both the moral and physical victim of the Third Reich and the Nazi war machine. As a Wehrmacht conscript, he twice served on the Russian front, where he was wounded, and twice was imprisoned for his outspokenness. His voice speaks plainly and powerfully from out of the war's carnage, all the more poignantly for its being cut short at so young an age.

This collection of Borchert's most important prose, translated by A. D. Porter with an introduction by Stephen Spender, includes the complete text of the title play, as well as 39 stories and assorted pieces that comprise much of the author's output during the two short, fever-ridden years in which he wrote.


  • The Dandelion
    • The Dandelion
    • The Crows Fly Home at Night
    • There Are Voices in the Air--At Night
    • Conversation over the Roofs
    • Generation without Farewell
    • Railways, by Day and by Night
    • Do Stay, Giraffe
    • Done with, Done with
    • The City
    • Hamburg
    • Billbrook
    • The Elbe
  • The Man Outside
  • On That Tuesday
    • The Skittle Alley
    • Four Soldiers
    • Lots and Lots of Snow
    • My Paleface Brother
    • Jesus Won't Play Anymore
    • The Cat Was Frozen in the Snow
    • The Nightingale Sings
    • The Three Magi
    • Radi
    • On That Tuesday
    • The Coffee is Indefinable
    • The Kitchen Clock
    • Perhaps She Has a Pink Vest
    • Our Little Mozart
    • The Kangaroo
    • Rats do Sleep at Night
    • He too had a Lot of Trouble with the Wars
    • In May, in May cried the Cuckoo
    • Along the Long Long Road
  • Posthumous Stories
    • The Writer
    • Thithyphuth or My Uncle's Waiter
    • From the Other Side to the Other Side
    • The Bread
    • God's Eye
    • This is Our Manifesto
    • Stories from a Primer
    • There's Only One Thing

Original title: The Man Outside: Prose Works
Original languages: German


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

The following works are contained within this one:
     Bread, the (1946) [Short Story]
      Author: Wolfgang Borchert
     Rats Do Sleep at Night (1947) [Short Story]
      Author: Wolfgang Borchert

Edition #1: The Man Outside

The Man Outside (1952)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: David Porter
Introduction by: Stephen Spender
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Manifested in:

The Man Outside (1971)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: New Directions
ISBN: 0811200116
Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.7 x 0.8 in
Pages: 270

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